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Riddarholmen Tips (41)

The Church of Knights

The church is situated on the island Riddarholmen. In the 13th century a monastery was founded here by Franciscan monks who also built the church. Today the church is the resting place of most of the Swedish Monarchs.

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MikeAtSea
Aug 09, 2007

Riddarholmen


Riddarholmen is a small island close to the Gamla Stan and forms (together with the Gamla Stan) the historical core of the city. It is quite a tranquil place, with many beautiful palaces and mansions and gorgeous views over the bay Riddarfjärden. But the island didn't look like this in the old days; the major changes to the current Riddarholmen were made during the 17th century. In the old days the island was often referred to as "Kidaskär" / "Kid Skerry", indicating that the island was mostly used for grazing goats. The first sign of change was made when King Magnus Ladulås (1240-1290) built a Greyfriars monastery here in 1270 and the name of the island slowly changed into Gråbrödraholm ("Grey Brothers Island"), Munckholmen ("Monk Island") to Gråmunkeholm ("Grey Monks Island").

But the major changes were during the 17th century when Gustav II Adolf and Queen Christina allowed noble-men to build their palaces on this small island. The island was appropriate given the name of Riddarholmen which means 'Island of the Knights'. One of the first parliament houses was built on the island as well. The church Riddarholmen, which you can see in the photo, was selected to for ceremonial royal funerals.


You can find more detailed information about Riddarholmen area on my Strömsborg page

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Jun 09, 2007

Birger Jarl Torg


Outside the church Riddarholmen you can see the High Court and the statue of Birger Jarl. The square in front of the High Court used to be called the Riddarholmtorget (Riddarholm Square) but is now named Birger Jarl Torg (Birger Jarl Square) after the statue you see here. The sculpture was made by B.E. Fogelberg and is from 1854.

Birger Jarl (Earl Birger) is considered to be the founder of Stockholm. You can see a monument for him also outside the City Hall. His full name is Birger Magnusson of Bjälbo and he lived from 1210 - 1266.

The High Court is quite striking with its almost pink coloured facade. It hasn't always been in use as a High Court, but started of as a private mansion. It was build around 1640 by Frerik Stenbock and his wife Katarina De la Gardie, and the mansion is also known as the "Stenbockska palatset". The palace is the best preserved, as well as the exterior as the interior, of all the Riddarholmens palaces / mansions. The architect is the famous Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, who amongst others build Skokloster Castle Strömsholm Castle, and his most important work: Drottningholm Palace, which is a world heritage site.


You can find more detailed information about Riddarholmen area on my Strömsborg page

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Jun 09, 2007

Riddarhuset

There is one of the most beautiful buildings of Stockholm - Riddarhuset behind the Riddarholmsbron bridge on Stadholmen island. It was constructed by the architect J de la Balle in thestyle of baroque in the XVII century.

It is easy to notice the word "riddar" - "knight" sounds in the name of the island, and in the name of the bridge, and in the name of the building. It is connected with the fact that representatives of the Swedish nobility lodged there in the XVII century. "The knightly house", Riddarhuset, was intended for regular aristocratic assemblies, therefore it had another "Noble assembly". In the front of the main facade the king Gustav Vasa monument is installed. The statue of the chancellor Aksel Oksenshern, the customer of a building is placed at the back facade.

Monday - Friday 11.30-12.30.

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Oct 04, 2006
 
 
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Evert Taubes terrass

Having gone down on Wrangelska Backen street by a palace, you will appear on the coastal Evert Taubes terrass. A magnificent view on the Town hall opens from there.

The terrace is named by a name of the poet and the musician, the monument to whom is installed there.

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Oct 03, 2006

Palaces of Riddarholmen

There are three more residences near to Wrangelska palatset: Schering Rosenshoen (architect N.Tessin - younger, 1650), Hasselstein palace (architect N.Tessin - younger, 1680) and Stenbock palace (architect N.Tessin - the senior, 1640-1677).

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Oct 03, 2006

Charles Gustav Vrangel palace

The palace of Charles Gustav Vrangel (Wrangelska palatset) is located on the western side of Birger Jarls Torg. The palace was built in the XVII century with the powerful round tower. It reminds of power of medieval kings.

The Swedish monarches including Charles XII lived there after a fire in the Royal palace. He brought a royal oath there in 1697.

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Oct 03, 2006

Riddarholmskyrkan

It is possible to see gravestones almost all Swedish monarches in the church. The oldest burial place (in the front of an altar) - Magnus Ladulos (1290), who was the founder of a church and a monastery. Gustav IV Adolf is buried in the most beautiful marble sarcophagus.

The church is open for visiting. On 15th May - 15th August Monday - Sunday, 10.00-17.00.16-31th August: Monday - Sunday 10.00-16.00, Saturday - Sunday 12.00-15.00.

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Oct 03, 2006

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Riddarholmen

Riddarholmen island can be found out from apart on a unusual openwork spike of the main island sight - the brick church Riddarholmskyrkan. It is one of the most well-known churches of Stockholm, its construction began in the XIII century. The temple belonged to a monastery of Franciscans those time.

Chapels were repeatedly attached to a Gothic temple during centuries. In the XVIII century its interior was updated in style of a baroque. In 1835 a lightning destroyed a bell tower of a temple which was built up anew and was topped with a carved iron spike.

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Oct 03, 2006

Riddarholmen

If you are through with the Gamla Stan, you will find even more pretty baroque houses in the Riddarholmen area, adjacent to the Gamla Stan on the island of Stadsholmen. The "riddarhuis" is famous because it contains the coat of arms of every noble family of Sweden.

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Aug 03, 2006

Riddarholms Church

This has a separate tip as it is the most famous building on the island mentioned above, and quite beautiful and historic it is too. Apart from Queen Kristina who died in Rome, all Swedish royalties from Gustav II Adolf 1632 and onwards are buried here, and so are several of the Medieval ones like Magnus Ladulås. It is no longer a parish church, which means that it is closed to visitors in winter but summertime you can stroll around at your own leasure (mid May to mid September).

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Jul 28, 2006

Riddarholmen

A medieval part of the city, on a smaller island next to the Old Town. Its most famous sight is the distinctive Riddarholmskyrkan church which has its separate tip below, but there is also the court rooms in the old Wrangelska Palace (the white one in the picture) and you get a very good view of the City Hall across the water from here.

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Jul 24, 2006

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